Ecology and Environment news
Date: January 25, 2018
Interactions Between Organisms And It’s Environment
In previous updates from Ecology we have now established that the physical (abiotic components like rain, waterfall, wind, humidity) factors of environment influence the survival of an organism (biotic component of environment). Here we will discuss both scenarios ...Read More
Date: January 23, 2018
The sum of biotic (non-living) and abiotic (non-living) factors that surround and influence an organism is called Environment. Principally there are various physical attributes to environment called as physical environment which are comprised of hydrosphere, atmosphere and lithosphere. All these have influ...Read More
Date: January 19, 2018
Ecology and Environment
Chapter 1: Introduction to ecology and terminology
Ecology by definition is the branch of science dealing with the interaction between organism and its environment.
The study of Ecology becomes important for various aspects regarding environment, its structure, func...Read More
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Date: May 29, 2017
Increased level of CO2 in atmosphere not only causes polar ice to melt and coastal food web to collapse, but it is also directly linked to iron deficiency in human beings. According to a study published by the researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, about 1.4 billion children below five years and women of childbearing age in some parts of Asia ...Read More
Date: May 29, 2017
Global climate change is projected to have wide ranging effects on environment, socio-economic and related sectors. Indian agriculture scientists have found that rising temperature will adversely hit rice productivity in the country.
Experiments done in Tamil Nadu show that elevated temperature will have a negative impact on rice...Read More
Date: May 29, 2017
A solar tree is a structure incorporating solar energy technology on a single pillar, like a tree trunk. It may be a solar artwork or a functional power generator.Solar trees are intended to bring visibility to solar technology and to enhance the landscape and architecture they complement, usually in a commercial or public context. An objective of many solar tree in...Read More
Date: April 06, 2017
Scientists have developed a 'sci-fi' outdoor laboratory in the UK to find out how forests will respond to the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide expected by the middle of the 21st century.
The industrial-scale experiment in a Staffordshire forest encircles trees with 25 metre masts gushing high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2).
The site is surrounded by a three metres anti-climb...Read More
Date: February 03, 2017Read More
Date: June 14, 2016
Norway has become the first country to ban deforestation. The Norwegian Parliament pledged May 26 that the government’s public procurement policy will be deforestation-free.Any product that contributes to deforestation will not be used in the Scandinavian country. The pledge was recommended by Norwegian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Energy and Environment as part of the Action ...Read More
Date: May 12, 2016
Delhi is no longer the most polluted city in the world, the latest air quality report from the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
The national capital which earned notoriety for the state of its environment now stands 11th among 3,000 cities in 103 countries in terms of fine particulate matter or PM 2.5. The ‘Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database (update 2016)’ rele...Read More
Date: April 21, 2016
Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22, to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.
The theme of Earth Day 2016 is "Trees for the Earth".
Trees help combat climate change.
They absorb excess and harmf...
Date: April 09, 2016
The World Bank has unveiled an ambitious Climate Change Action Plan (CCP) to accelerate efforts to tackle climate change over the next five years i.e. by 2020. It seeks to help developing countries to deliver their targets set in the national climate plans submitted for the historic climate agreement reached at COP21 in Paris in December 2015.
The Climate Change Action Plan, relea...Read More
Date: April 05, 2016
The Environment Ministry has revised Solid Waste Management Rules after 16 years. Addressing a press conference to announce the revised Rules here today, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar said that the Rules are now applicable beyond municipal areas and will extend to urban agglomerations, census towns, notified industrial t...Read More
Date: March 21, 2016
The United Nation's cultural body UNESCO has added 20 new sites, including India’s Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve in the Western Ghats.The International Coordinating Council added the new sites during a two-day meeting on Saturday in Lima, capital of Peru, bringing the total number of biosphere reserves to 669 sites in 120 countries, including 16 transboundary sites.The ne...Read More
Date: December 08, 2015
Beijing has issued its first ever “red alert” over the city’s smog, with the Chinese capital going into shutdown in an attempt to protect people from the deadly air.
It is the first time ever that the highest possible state of caution has been declared in the city, which has more than 21 million residents.
The warning means schools will have to close down and c...Read More
Date: December 04, 2015
A broad coalition of nations, river basin organizations, business and civil society has announced the creation of the international Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaptation to make water systems – the very foundation of sustainable human development - more resilient to climate impacts.
The “”Water Resilience Focus” event under the Lima to Paris Action Ag...Read More
Date: November 28, 2015
UN weather body the World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) in State of the global climate report says that man-made global warming and El Niño oceanic phenomenon made 2011-2015 the warmest five-year period on record.Global average surface temperature in 2015 reaches the significant milestone of 1° Celsius above the pre-industrial era.<... Read More
Date: August 28, 2015
India to implement Sendai framework for Disaster Reduction 2015 – 2030
Government has announced its plans to implement the Sendai framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home has announced it after inaugurating a workshop on Enhancing Private Sector Partnership...Read More
Date: August 11, 2015
10 August: World Bio-Fuel Day
During the 1850s two scientists named as E. Duffy and J. Patrick had designed the first diesel engine. After that another renowned scientist named as Rudolf Diesel built a prime model of diesel engine with a 10 feet iron cylinder and flywheel at its base. This model was pow...Read More
Date: August 09, 2015
Mumbai gets a flamingo sanctuary
The Maharashtra Revenue and Forest Department notified the northern part of the creek as a wildlife sanctuary under Section 18 of the Wildlife (Protection Act), 1972 for the Flamingo Sanctuary.
The 1,690 hectares sanctuary will include 896 ha of mangroves and 794 ...Read More
Date: June 27, 2015
India Fourth Largest Carbon Emitter
The World Resources Institute (WRI) in its latest analyses of the country-wise carbon emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases (GHGs) has found that India is fourth largest carbon emitter in the world in terms of per capita emission accounting for 6.6 % of globa...Read More
Date: June 10, 2015
Detailed global climate change projections released
NASA scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have released a new dataset that shows how temperature and rainfall patterns worldwide may change through the year 2100 because of growing concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere.<... Read More
Date: May 22, 2015
Environmental Democracy Index- India at 24th place
In the first Environmental Democracy Index, India ranks 24th out of total of 70 countries which is topped by Lithuania.The index evaluates country’s progress in enacting laws in the promotion of transparency,accountability and engagement of citizens in ...Read More
Date: May 12, 2015
Lion census at Gir shows 27 per cent jump in numbers
According to results of the 14th lion census, there are 523 Asiatic lions in Gir forest, other protected areas and revenue areas in Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts of Saurashtra region of Gujarat. This means the population has increase...Read More
Date: April 13, 2015
Government announced colour code industries based on pollution potential
The Environment Ministry has proposed to classify various industrial sectors across India under a three-coloured scheme depending on their pollution potential.A proposal to classify industries under red, orange ...Read More
Date: April 07, 2015
World Health Day 2015: From farm to plate, make food safe
World Health Day 2015 will be celebrated on 7 April, and this year the World Health Organisation (WHO) has chosen food safety as the theme for the year. Under the the slogan "From farm to plate, make food safe", WHO this year wants to highlight the challenges associated with food safet...Read More
Date: April 06, 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched India's first Air Quality Index
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a National Air Quality Index (NAQI) to measure the menace of air pollution in Indian cities. Initially this National Air Quality Index will provide information on the quality of air in 10 ...Read More
Date: March 29, 2015
Cities around the world celebrted Earth Hour 2015
The ninth Earth Hour was observed on 28 March 2015 across the World. in Earth Hour 2015, millions of people around the world took part in the event for the global climate change awareness campaign. For the first time t...Read More
Date: March 22, 2015
'Water man of India' Rajendra Singh wins Stockholm Water Prize 2015
An eminent environment activist & water conservationist Rajendra Singh has been conferred with Stockholm Water Prize 2015. He was awarded this prize for his innovative water restoration efforts and consistent attempts to ...Read More
Date: March 22, 2015
World Water Day: A day for water and water for SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It is also observed to preserve and ration consumption of water.&n...Read More
Date: March 20, 2015
Wildlife Management of Palvancha declared eco-restoration project for Kinnersani Sanctuary in Telangana
The eco-restoration project for Kinnersani Sanctuary will be implemented in 716 hectares of land with an estimated cost of 60 lakh rupees.The objective of the project is to reverse the ecological ...Read More
Date: February 28, 2015
CLASSIFICATION OF EARTHQUAKE PRONE ZONE
Bureau of Indian Standards, based on the past seismic history, has grouped the country into four seismic zones, viz. Zone-II, -III, -IV and –V.
Of these, Zone V is the most seismically active region, while zone II is the least.
Seismic Zone Intensity on Modified Mercalli (MM) intensity scale associated w...Read More
Date: February 23, 2015
Assam organised 3rd Tortoise Festival
3rd Tortoise Festival was organised on the banks of Hajong Lake in Assam by Dima Hasao Environment and Forest Department. The major objective of this celebration is to create awareness among the villagers of of Hajong Lake area regarding the safet...Read More
Date: February 22, 2015
Building resilience for sustainable development of the Sundarbans: World Bank
The report 'Building Resilience for Sustainable Development of the Sundarbans' is prepared by the World Bank in collaboration with the West Bengal government. It cocludes that the environmental damage in the climate change-hit islands of Sundarbans is co...Read More
Date: February 21, 2015
SAFAR-Air: India’s first air quality checking Mobile App
System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR ) Air is a new mobile app, is jointly developed by Pune-based Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) and the Indian Meteorological Department (...Read More
Date: February 05, 2015
World Cancer Day observed across the world on 4 February
The theme for the World Cancer Day 2015 was “Not beyond Us”. It was dedicated for a positive and proactive approach to the fight against cancer.
Focus areas of 2015 campaign are-
1-Choosing healthy lives...Read More
Date: February 05, 2015
Very recently, two bloom forming, endemic algal species are discovered from the west coast of India. These algae are known as Ulva paschima Bast and Claophor goensis Bast.
Importance: It is a well-known fact that our environment has more Carbon content than it should have. Creating hazards for example Global warming and ozone depletion. The discovery of these two algae ...Read More
Date: February 01, 2015
Maharashtra approved field trials for GM food
Maharashtra Government granted NOC (No Objection Certificates) for open field trials of genetically modified (GM) lines of rice, chana (chickpeas), maize, brinjal and cotton. However Punjab, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh gave prior permissi...Read More
Date: January 04, 2015
Ethanol Blending Petrol Program
It was launched in 2003, which was extended to the entire country except NE States, J&K, A&N Islands and Lakshadweep in 2006.
OMCs were directed to sell 5% ethanol blended petrol subject to commercial viability.
A National Policy on Bio-fuels was also no...Read More
Date: January 04, 2015
A Boeing aircraft has completed the world’s first flight using ‘green diesel’, a sustainable biofuel made from vegetable oils, waste cooking oil and animal fats.
Sustainable green diesel is widely available and used in ground transportation. Boeing previ...Read More
Date: January 04, 2015
CoP-20 (Lima Climate Change Conference - December 2014)
The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP20 or CMP10 was held in Lima, Peru, from December 1 to 12, 2014. This was be the 20th yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the 1992 United Natio...Read More
Date: December 16, 2014
Degradation in ‘Sambhar salt Lake (Rajasthan)
The management of the Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan having a rich natural habitat for birds, is neither under the jurisdiction of the Forests and Wildlife Department of the State nor the Sambhar Salts Limited and Bharat Salts both of w...Read More